Robot Conducts Symphony Orchestra
One news item which got my attention last month was about the robot conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Designed by Honda Motor Company, the robot even shook cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s hand.
I wasn’t sure whether to get excited about technological advance – or perplexed about using it in this strange context.
You see a robot can’t communicate with the musicians, and the orchestra members in turn can’t communicate with it. So at the first rehearsal the orchestra lost it’s place because ASIMO, the name given to the robotic conductor, started to slow down.
This is something a Live, real human conductor would have noticed -and immediately corrected.
Important word here is Live. Machines are great, but they have no heart and soul. Perfect for some jobs. But when it comes to interaction, feeling, passion and communication – there’s nowhere to tune in.
If you played a rap-song to a robot, its heartbeat wouldn’t start racing faster, causing the blood pressure to rise.
If you played a beautiful Mozart Piano Concerto to the same robot, it wouldn’t calm down and realize this may be the music you hear in heavenly dreams.
Programming anything, whether it’s a conducting robot or an innocent child’s brain, doesn’t lead to happiness. It won’t ignite passion and a determination to succeed at what you love to do.
I’m not saying robots aren’t useful. They are. But robots have their place. And it’s definitely NOT in the concert hall – unless it’s a demonstration for scientists or university students.
Music is meant to inspire your mind, body and spirit.
As far as your overall physical, mental and spiritual health - it’s never to late to get the latest news on what’s good and what’s bad for your body.
Music is very important. But so is the food and drink you consume every day.
In fact most people don’t realize they’re eating glue and plastic.
Dr. Nancy Irven, my guest on By the Numbers, has written a great book called ‘Please Don’t Eat The Wallpaper.’ On this week’s radio show she’ll tell you that she’s not kidding. It’s definitely worth a listen.
P.S. Along with good food and water, there’s nothing more rejuvenating to your mind, body and spirit than breathing deeply while you listen to high frequency sounds.